As small business owners across Oregon close their doors and lay off employees, the Freedom Foundation calls on Gov. Kate Brown to take bold and swift action to get Oregon working again by putting a three-month suspension on public-sector dues collections from employee paychecks.
“Gov. Brown has a great opportunity here to take immediate action that would help a lot of people in need,” said Tom McCabe, CEO of the Freedom Foundation. “Hardworking Oregonians need that money more than the unions do. Small businesses and working families are hurting. Wealthy government unions can do their part by temporarily foregoing the dues deductions so people can keep more of their own money, spend it in the private sector and get our economy rolling again.”
A temporary, three-month dues suspension would allow public employees in Oregon to keep nearly $29 million in their pockets. That money would then be spent on goods and services, supporting local businesses and creating jobs, at no cost to taxpayers.
“Right now, our economy is in trouble,” McCabe said. “But Gov. Brown can quickly do the right thing and call for a dues suspension. Government union bank accounts can go three months without collecting dues. People need to pay rent, put food on the table and gas in their car. This isn’t rocket science.”
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